The Ten: Most Anticipated Spring Openings

Photo courtesy of Nopa Kitchen + Bar

Photo courtesy of NoPa Kitchen + Bar

So many choices, so little time. The Ten is your guide to the best of the best that D.C. has to offer.

This week, we take a survey of the most anticipated restaurant openings this season. There are new efforts from Top Chef alums, a whiskey bar, a revitalized Dupont standard bearer and not one, but two, eateries from BLT Steak vet Victor Albisu. It looks like your restaurant bucket list just got a little longer. 

NoPa Kitchen + Bar
Restaurateur Ashok Bajaj’s eighth restaurant is situated in Penn Quarter, just north of Pennsylvania Avenue (NoPa, geddit?). Jean Georges vet Greg McCarty will oversee the kitchen at the stateside-styled brasserie, which will offer French-accented American favorites.

Status: Opening in May.

B Too
Recent Top Chef-er Bart Vandaele promises plenty of Belgian favorites – frites, moules, waffles, and, of course, beer – at this two-tiered Logan Circle eatery. You don’t even need to go in to enjoy it: A walk-up window will offer small snacks to go.

Status: Opening in early May.

Iron Gate
When Dupont Circle’s Iron Gate closed in 2010 after more than seven decades, many worried that the picturesque courtyard and one-time stable (yes, you read that correctly) would go to waste. Now Vermillion alum Tony Chittum is transforming the old world space into a Greco-Italian effort. 

Status: Set to open in mid- to late summer.

Roses’s Luxury
Aaron Silverman earned his stripes working at Momofuku, 2941 and Insieme in New York City, so it’s no surprise that this Barrack’s Row eatery will have an eclectically inspired menu.

Status: Opening this summer.

Teddy and the Bully Bar
Brought to you by the same Oval Office-loving team that conceived Lincoln, this Dupont redoubt will feature Michael Hartzer (Citronelle, IndeBleu) presiding over the kitchen. Expect wild game and Pre-Prohibition cocktails. 

Status: Opening in May.

Del Campo
Albisu has taken over the old PS 7’s space in Chinatown for his first restaurant, which celebrates South American cuisine. Almost everything here is grilled, including the salads and ceviches. Meanwhile, the cocktail list concentrates on Latin liquors like cachaça, pisco and aguardiente.

Status: Now open.

Black Whiskey
The Kushi posse will focus on small batch whiskeys (like you hadn’t already guessed that from the name) and Scottish bar food at this forthcoming resto on 14th Street. Even if you can’t get in, the Kushi Moto food truck will be parked outside serving rice bowls and sushi.

Status: Opening late spring.

Baby Wale
No, this isn’t a tribute to the DC MC’s early years (the name actually is for corduroy’s ridges). The newest project from Corduroy’s Tom Powers (now the name makes sense, right?) will serve pub-style fare backed up with an impressive beer list. 

Status: Opening late spring.

Taco Bamba
Originally set to open at the end of last year, Victor Albisu’s Falls Church taqueria is finally ready to debut after a series of successful pop-ups at Pearl Dive Oyster Palace. Alongside traditional offerings, you can expect left of center tacos filled with bone marrow, masa crusted foie gras and pork tongue.

Status: Opening late spring.

Everybody’s favorite acid redux medication shill is at it again. First it was burgers, then it was pizza, now it’s steak frites. Located just a few doors down from Mendelsohn’s other Cap Hill standbys, this new venture is sure to be a belly rubber.

Status: Opening late spring.

Is your favorite missing? Disagree with one (or more) of my choices? Leave a comment below or hit me up on Twitter @nevinmartell.


  • Jenifer

    Pretty sure B Too is already open, opened this week.

  • John C. Winters

    Béarnaise was just unreal. Some of the best food I have had, great wine selection (all at the same price, sweet), and cool beers on tap. Go. Just, go…